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Elizabeth Hardwick-Smith

Group People and Culture Director

Elizabeth is the Group People & Culture Director. In this role she works with the partners and boards to shape the people and culture strategy to strive towards the shared goal of becoming an employer of choice. She heads up a team of recruitment, learning and HR professionals, who provide advice and guidance, as well as driving continuous improvement across our UK wide practice in the areas of culture, capability, talent and reward.

She believes in continuous development and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development as well as a Chartered Member of the Institute of Leadership & Management. She is also a Qualified Executive Coach and a Neurolinguistic Programming Practitioner. Elizabeth has a passion for strategic HR planning, transformational HR, employee engagement and talent management and has worked within the construction industry for a number of years, raising standards in workplace practice.

Two of Pick Everard’s values that particularly resonate with me are Being Professional and Being Positive. I am enjoying opportunities to listen to feedback from our people and developing solutions with them on our people practices. We have in place a number of forums where we discuss ideas on subjects such as personal growth, talent attraction, flexibility and staff rewards. It’s a positive opportunity to voice their thoughts on matters that can help shape a better way forward for working life at Pick Everard and we’ve been busy implementing some of those changes already. This includes a new mentoring scheme, enhanced family-friendly policies and new routes to workplace flexibility.